SOCE Exam Content and Preparation

Question Development

To ensure validity, the exam questions:
  • are taken directly from the basic recruit training curriculum.
  • are written by FDLE members and external Subject Matter Experts.
  • are reviewed by Subject Matter Experts prior to inclusion on an exam.
  • are field tested until the item performs appropriately.
  • will not contain an “all of the above / none of the above” answer option.
Topic Areas for Each Discipline
(Basic Recruit Classes begun on or after July 1, 2014 or EOT Candidates)
CJK 001 Introduction to Law Enforcement CJK 0007 Introduction to Law Enforcement
CJK 0012 Legal CJK 0008 Legal
CJK 0013 Interactions in a Diverse Community CJK 0011 Human Issues
CJK 0014 Interviewing & Report Writing CJK 0017 Communications
CJK 0064 Fundamentals of Patrol CJK 0020 CMS Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations
CJK 0065 Calls for Service CJK 0031 CMS First Aid for Criminal Justice Officers
CJK 0077 Criminal Investigations CJK 0040 CMS Criminal Justice Firearms
CJK 0078 Crime Scene to Courtroom CJK 0551 CMS Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics
CJK 0092 Critical Incidents CJK 0061 Patrol I
CJK 0087 Traffic Stops CJK 0062 Patrol II
CJK 0084 DUI Traffic Stops CJK 0071 Criminal Investigations
CJK 0088 Traffic Crash Investigations CJK 0076 Crime Scene Investigations
CJK 0020 CMS Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations CJK 0081 Traffic Stops
CJK 0031 CMS First Aid for Criminal Justice Officers CJK 0083 DUI Traffic Stops
CJK_0040 CMS Criminal Justice Firearms CJK 0086 Traffic Crash Investigations
CJK 0051 CMS Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics CJK 0422 Dart-Firing Stun Gun
CJK 0422 Dart-Firing Stun Gun    
CJK 0031 CMS First Aid for Criminal Justice Officers CJK 0031 CMS First Aid for Criminal Justice Officers
CJK 0040 CMS Criminal Justice Firearms CJK 0040 CMS Criminal Justice Firearms
CJK 0051 CMS Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics CJK 0051 CMS Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics
CJK 0480 Emergency Preparedness CJK 0300 Introduction to Corrections
CJK 0101 Interpersonal Skills II CJK 0305 Communications
CJK 0102 Correctional Operations CJK 0310 Officer Safety
CJK 0270 Legal I CJK 0315 Facility and Equipment
CJK 0285 Legal II CJK 0320 Intake and Release
CJK 0286 Criminal Justice Communications CJK 0325 Supervising in a Correctional Facility
CJK 0100 Interpersonal Skills I CJK 0330 Supervising Special Populations
    CJK 0335 Responding to Incidents and Emergencies
CJK 0031 CMS First Aid for Criminal Justice Officers
CJK 0051 CMS Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics
CJK 0255 CMS CPO Firearms
CJK 0271 Florida CPO Legal
CJK 0272 Florida CPO Interpersonal Communications Skills
CJK 0273 Florida CPO Caseload Management
CJK 0274 Florida CUP Supervision
CJK 0275 Florida CPO Investigations
CJK 0276 Florida CPO Management Information Systems

Field Testing

All examinations contain experimental or “field” test questions. Field test questions expand and improve the bank of questions from which future examinations will be developed. This is a common practice used by national and state examination programs and is a critical step in ensuring the continued validity of the examinations.

Field test questions will NOT be counted when computing the test score. The time allowed for testing has been evaluated to ensure that there is adequate time for completing test questions and field test questions during the allotted examination time.
Discipline Graded
Field Test
Total # of
Correct #
to Pass
Law Enforcement - Florida CMS 190 10 200 152
Corrections - Florida CMS 190 10 200 152
Corrections 190 10 200 152
Correctional Probation - FCPO 200 40 240 164

Examination Questions (Samples Only)

The following questions are generic and are provided only as examples of question format.

No items on the exams utilize "True/False", "All of the Above/None of the Above", or multiple correct answers.

General Format for All Exams

Which of the following is the most apparent sign of exposure to cutaneous anthrax?
A. allergic reaction
B. mental impairment
C. repeated vomiting
D. skin infection

Which of the following statements, regarding liability issues, is accurate?

A. If it is proven at trial that an officer committed a tort or civil rights violation as part of his/her duties, the employing agency will likely be liable for damages, either through direst liability, and/or through vicarious liability.
B. Commonly, actions taken which will cause direct liability include negligent hiring of a problem employee, negligent assignment of duties to a person who does not have the ability to perform them, or negligent retention of a problem employee, but does not include failure to train an employee.
C. Sovereign Immunity laws provide some of the most important protections for governmental agencies. These laws include lists of circumstances and requirements that must be met in order for an agency to be sued, but do not cover employees.
D. Employing agencies of any full-time law enforcement officers are required to pay the legal costs, including attorney’s fees, for any officers charged with civil or criminal actions if they occur during the performance of official duties.

In accordance with Florida Statutes, which situation describes when any person may be entitled to the restoration of all rights of citizenship enjoyed prior to a felony conviction?

A. Conditional pardon has been received from the court
B. Final release has been granted by the Department of Corrections
C. Full pardon is received from the Board of Pardons
D. Portion of two-thirds of the sentence imposed has been served

Which of the following are examples of legal documents requiring editing and proofreading?

A. certified probation orders
B. court handling slips
C. institutional work orders
D. treatment referrals

Fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, cough, weight loss, weakness and spitting up blood, are symptoms most often associated with:

B. Hepatitis
C. Tuberculosis
D. type C virus

Anaphylactic shock may be caused by:

A. acute allergic reaction
B. diabetic coma
C. epileptic seizure
D. heart fibrillation

Additional Question Formats for Law Enforcement-Florida CMS and Florida Correctional Probation Exams

The following questions are generic and are provided only as examples of question format.

Matching Questions

For each question, select one of the answer choices (A-D). Each answer choice may be matched to one or more questions, or not at all.

Constitutional Amendments - Match each question (1-6) with the appropriate answer (A-D). Each answer choice may be used more than once or not at all.


Questions Answer choices
1. Probable cause required for searches. A. 4th Amendment
2. Once acquitted, an individual may not be retried for the same offense. B. 5th Amendment
3. A defendant must be allowed to cross-examine witnesses. C. 6th Amendment
4. In light of the offense, bail may not be set excessively high. D. 8th Amendment
5. Defendants have the right to be represented by counsel.  
6. Individuals may not be punished without due process of law.  

Item Sets


Offender Earl is under supervision for eight years and has completed two years when he is diagnosed with a terminal illness. His doctors have estimated that he has two years to live. Offender Earl has already paid in full for his supervision costs. After a few months of treatment he is too weak to leave his home and is forced to quit his job. This situation leaves him short on money even with government disability pay.

10. Which statement, regarding the OFOA, is accurate?
A. Since supervision costs have been paid in full Earl will be pardoned from the remainder of his supervisory period.
B. The document will need to be revised because Earl is now receiving money from the government.
C. After supervision costs are paid in full the costs cannot be recalculated for a refund.
D. Financial information is a separate entity from health issues, therefore there would be no action taken in this situation.

11. Offender Earl may seek a transfer of supervision to be closer to his family. Which factor should be most influential in his supervising officer’s decision?
A. Whether Offender Earl’s family is able to care for him.
B. Offender Earl has more than 90 days of supervision pending.
C. The orders of Offender Earl’s primary physician.
D. Offender Earl’s age.

12. Offender Earl may seek early termination of supervision. For which reason can this request be granted?

A. Offender Earl’s terminal disease.
B. Offender Earl has fulfilled monetary conditions.
C. Offender Earl has served more than 90 days of supervision.
D. Offender Earl has means of support.